Top Lawyers 2012: Jacqueline Segal
Sticking together for the kids isn't always the best choice.
Jacqueline Segal | Fox Rothschild, 747 Constitution Drive, Suite 100, Exton; (610) 458-7500, foxrothschild.com
Specialty: Family Law
Years in practice: 22
Avvo rating: 10
Education: Temple University School of Law (1990)
Sometimes, making sacrifices for the sake of others isn’t always the key to happiness. A year or so after adopting a child from a foreign country, a client struggled with the prospect of an unhappy end to her troubled marriage, a matter further complicated with a child involved. “She said she wasn’t going to proceed with the divorce because she felt that she brought this child into her home to be away from hardship,” says Segal.
Some years later, her client had finally reached a turning point. One day, as she was putting her daughter to bed, the girl said, “Mommy, why don’t you just divorce Daddy?” That prompted another call to Segal. Within a week, the papers were ready. “It’s gratifying to help people get back in control of their lives,” says Segal. “It allows them to recognize where their best interests—and those of their family—lie.”